Pakistan and New Zealand are going to lock horns in the ODI series from January 6. The series is expected to be a cracking one as Kiwis are always a tough opponent in their backyard, whereas Pakistan team is in top form.
Ahead of their clash, let’s recall the key performers for both the sides and how these teams have performed in the 50-overs cricket in the past against each other.
Head to head ODI record
Pakistan and New Zealand have faced each other in 98 ODIs so far, where the Men in Green have maintained their dominance with 53 wins as compared to Blackcaps’ 42 victories.
Highest team totals
New Zealand have the feat of posting the highest total of 369/5 which they scored at Napier on 3 February 2015. Pakistan lost that game by 119 runs.
On the other hand, Pakistan’s highest total against the Kiwis is 364/7, they posted the mammoth score on the board on 14 December 2014 at Sharjah, the Men in Green won it by 147 runs.
Lowest team totals
Pakistani bowlers have dominated Kiwi batsmen throughout. The lowest team total between the two sides is 64 runs, scored by New Zealand. Abdul Qadir and Imran Khan rattled opponents’ batting line with 4 and 3 wickets respectively.
Whereas, Pakistan’s lowest score against the Blackcaps is 116 runs. Five of New Zealand’s bowlers took two wickets each in the inning to send Pakistan batting home cheaply.
Most runs by batsmen
Inzamam Ul Haq is the pick of the batsmen when it comes to ODIs between Pakistan and New Zealand. The former skipper scored 1,283 runs in 45 matches with the courtesy of one century and nine half-centuries.
From New Zealand, Stephen Fleming has always been a headache for Pakistani bowlers. He scored 1,090 runs in 35 matches, he struck one century and five half-centuries against Pakistan.
Most wickets for bowlers
Nothing surprising to see Waqar Younis at the top of this chart here. He has been the most successful bowler whenever these two sides have faced each other. Waqar played 37 matches against the Kiwis and took 79 wickets with the best bowling figures of 6/30.
On the other hand, the fun commentator and former New Zealand’s pacer, Danny Morrison has been the best bowler for his team. He bowled 24 times against Pakistani batters and took 39 wickets. His best bowling figures against Pakistan was 5/46.